Babcock International Group PLC on Monday said it has agreed with the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to bring to an end its Magnox decommissioning contract at the end of August 2019. This means the contract will have been operated by Cavendish Fluor Partnership, in which Babcock has a 65% stake, for a full five years. Babcock said that this will result in the removal of around GBP800 million from its GBP20 billion order book, and will mark an annual step down in revenue of around GBP100 million – less than 2% of its turnover – from its financial year 2020/2021. It said it expects to replace this revenue over that timeframe. Babcock said it does not expect end of the contract to have “any negative financial impacts” over the next three years, nor to change the financial guidance it will give in May with its results for the financial year to the end of March. Babcock said that it had become apparent that the work that needed to be done at the twelve Magnox sites was “now materially different in volume” from what was specified in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s tender, which puts the contract at risk of a legal challenge.

London South East 27th March 2017 read more »

Posted: 27 March 2017

Sizewell B

The first cask containing used nuclear fuel from the Sizewell B pressurised water reactor has been placed within the unit’s new dry fuel store. The milestone marks the first use of dry used fuel storage technology in the UK.

World Nuclear News 23rd March 2017 read more »

Posted: 24 March 2017

Hunterston B

A power outage has taken place at one of the reactors at Hunterston B Power Station since Thursday. The 480-megawatt reactor is scheduled to come back on line on Thursday March 23, but the ‘News’ understands it could return to action as of tomorrow. An EDF Energy spokesperson said: “One of the reactors at Hunterston B power station came offline on Thursday evening due to a fault on the control fluid system in the turbine generator. The fault occurred in the conventional non-nuclear part of plant. The reactor was taken offline safely and cooling was maintained at all times. There were no safety or environmental impacts. We are currently investigating the cause of the fault and the reactor will be returned to power along with the turbine generator as soon as maintenance is satisfactorily completed.”

Largs & Millport News 20th March 2017 read more »

Posted: 22 March 2017

Hunterston A

Bidding is about to start for the £20m project to cocoon the Hunterston A Magnox nuclear power station on the west coast of Scotland. The two hexagonal-shaped 64m tall reactor buildings will be cloaked in an aluminium standing seam cladding system fitted directly to the building. This will protect the Ayrshire coast buildings when it is left in a 50 year care and maintenance phase before a five-year final site clearance programme starts in 2075. The contractor will also need to remove the existing temporary cladding system on both reactor buildings.

Construction Enquirer 20th March 2017 read more »

Posted: 22 March 2017

Sizewell A

The Government’s marine watchdog has granted a licence to enable safety work to begin on the off-shore rigs which once provided cooling water input and discharge services for the now-redundant Sizewell A nuclear power station. Major works will be delayed until later in the year because the structures house one of the UK’s biggest nesting colonies of kittiwakes. With the birds already beginning to pair up, Magnox, which manages the Sizewell A site on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, has pledged to try to minimise disturbance.

East Anglian Daily Times 18th March 2017 read more »

Posted: 19 March 2017

Emergency Planning

[Machine Translation] The precautionary terror alarm in German nuclear power plants last Friday (March 10) apparently had far greater dimensions than previously assumed. The nuclear power plant operators RWE, PreussenElektra (formerly E.ON) and EnBW confirmed against the WDR that the alarm was triggered in seven of the eight still in operation and in several decommissioned nuclear power plants throughout the Federal territory. According to the WDR, at least 17 nuclear reactors were affected at twelve sites across Germany. So far, only five nuclear power stations in northern Germany were mentioned. Most of the plants had been evacuated for about an hour. The occasion was a nationwide so-called “Renegade” -coral arm, in which a terrorist attack with a commercial aircraft is assumed. This alarm had triggered a Boeing 787 of the Indian carrier “Air India”, to which the radio contact had temporarily broken off on Friday morning.

Presse Portal 16th March 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 March 2017


Britain’s Hunterston B-7 nuclear reactor has gone off line in an outage, EDF data shows. The 480-megawatt reactor went off line on Thursday night and is scheduled to come back on line on March 23.

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Posted: 17 March 2017


Environment Agency decision on decommissioning operations at the nuclear power station at Bradwell in Essex, following requests for changes from Magnox. The changes requested included an extension to discharges from the fuel element debris process.

Environment Agency 15th March 2017 read more »

Posted: 16 March 2017


EDF Energy has awarded James Fisher Nuclear (JFN) a contract to supply inspection devices to more precisely monitor the condition of graphite within the cores of its fleet of operating Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (AGRs) in the UK. JFN – in collaboration with EDF Energy, Serco (now Amec), Bloodworth Consulting and the University of Manchester – developed eddy current inspection tools (ECIT) designed to assess the condition of graphite within vacated fuel channels in AGRs.

World Nuclear News 14h March 2017 read more »

Posted: 15 March 2017

Stakeholder Engagement

The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) publishes today the results of a survey of NGOs, councillors and council officers who attend nuclear site stakeholder forums around England, Scotland and Wales. It also outlines its wider concerns and issues with the state of nuclear policy stakeholder engagement in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The survey contacted NGO and NFLA respondents of groups who attend both civil nuclear ‘Site Stakeholder Groups’ (SSGs) and defence nuclear ‘Local Liaison Committees’ (LLCs). The NFLA report also considers wider stakeholder engagement at the national level in the nuclear sector, giving four examples of good practice in the UK and Republic of Ireland in comparison with the inadequate level of scrutiny and discussion it sees in many existing nuclear stakeholder forums. The report encourages a fuller consideration and review of how nuclear stakeholder engagement takes place in the likes of Sweden and Finland, which is not just more exhaustive and ‘trust-building’ but also sees the government funding nominated independent groups to allow for a more rounded and complete view of radioactive waste policy.

NFLA 14th March 2017 read more »

Posted: 15 March 2017